Dave Kearon is Director of Adult Services for Autism Speaks. His work focuses on national initiatives promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan. Dave works to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities and resources available to youth and adults with autism related to the transition to adulthood, employment, housing and residential supports, post secondary education and community integration.
His team’s work in recent years has included the development of an autism-led corporate employment consultancy named ADVICE, an online job search tool for autistic job seekers called TheSpectrumCareers.com, and an autism small business accelerator. Upcoming initiatives include digital, interactive developmental trajectories for the transition to adulthood, as well as a larger employment collaboration with other nonprofits for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dave is also leading a collaborative effort among autism employment service providers across the country, called the Autism Employment Alliance (AEA).